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Damian Blackden

Global Chief Strategy Officer

Damian joined Essence in 2017 and is responsible for the agency’s growth strategy as well as its execution across Client, Product, Finance, Operations and Talent disciplines.

His work includes designing and building Essence’s differentiated globalized offering, the launch of new offices from which to service clients, and the creation of new service lines such as its in-housing consultancy for marketers.

In preceding years he worked at Zenith Media - starting its digital business in 2000, then at UM UK where he was joint CEO, and later at Omnicom Media Group leading its programmatic and analytics capabilities in Europe and Asia.

He has also co-founded and grown his own company: Device9, based in London and Hamburg, which developed cookie-less tracking capabilities – and which was later acquired by Flashtalking in 2015 to bolster its mobile technology stack.